Update: A little more clarification on the contents of the pre-order packs and Digital Deluxe Edition for Sonic Origins have emerged courtesy of the game's Japanese website. Firstly, the Mirror Mode can be unlocked through gameplay, so you get early access if you pre-order. The coins, too, are for use in the Vault.
Original Story: Sonic Origins, the compilation collection of SEGA Genesis classics, will officially spin-dash to the PlayStation 5 and PS4 from 23rd June – albeit with a catalogue of pricey options. The core game will set you back $39.99 on the PS Store, and will include Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. It’s worth noting that two of these titles can already be enjoyed as part of the much cheaper SEGA Genesis Classics.
There are some perks and bonuses here, though: SEGA’s added new animated cut-scenes, which are teased in the trailer above. The publisher’s also added new modes: Classic and Anniversary. While the former, naturally, replicates the 16-bit originals, the latter offers unlimited lives and wide-screen support; we’re assuming this has been designed with newer players in mind, as the old-school Sonic the Hedgehog titles can get tough at times.
You’ll be able to collect coins as you progress to spend on content in an in-game vault, and there’ll even be little gameplay missions to complete, separate from the core campaigns. If you pre-order you’ll receive the Start Dash Pack, which comes with bonus coins for the aforementioned museum, Mirror Mode, and a letterbox background. Here’s where it gets weird, though, there’ll be two extra DLC packs: the Premium Fun Packs and the Classic Music Pack.
If you plump up for the $44.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, you’ll get both of these from the outset. The perks include Hard Missions, some additional animations, and music from the Genesis originals. The additional music will cost $3.99 if you choose to purchase it separately. So, it’s quite a complicated setup.
It looks like a complete collection, and clearly a lot of work’s gone into it, but it’s also pretty pricey. We understand there’s a new generation of Sonic the Hedgehog fans now, perhaps inspired to play the games by the character’s recent movie success, but are you willing to plump up $39.99 for these legendary Genesis platformers? Lock your Sonic 3 cartridge into Sonic & Knuckles in the comments section below.